Plumbing Energy Saving Tips -learn how to save money on your water bill
We’ve put together a list of great plumbing energy saving tips so that less water and energy is wasted saving you money on your next utility bill and keeping your systems running well.
Some of these can save you money on repairs and long term wearing down of systems as well.
If you are concerned that you might need repairs or just some upkeep on your plumbing check out our maintenance plans to help you keep your plumbing systems running well.
Check back every now and then as we add more ways to keep your plumbing green and energy efficient!
Plumbing energy saving checklist:
- Low flow faucets and aerators can reduce the water output while maintaining water pressure. With regular use this can save thousands of gallons of water per year.
- Having a home inspection for plumbing issues can reveal hidden leaks. Having those leaks fixed could greatly reduce water bills.
- Chemically infused drain cleaners can damage pipes leading to leaks and breaks. This can be avoided with some environmentally friendly drain cleaners.
- Replace shower heads with a modern model. Since the 90’s there have been more efficient designs that can reduce water usage by 40% or more.
- You can save a significant amount of water by replace old toilets with high efficiency toilets that can reduce as much as 5 gallons of water per flush. A dual-flush toilet can allow for an easy option for powerful flushes and standard conservative flushes that use less water.
- By lowering your water heater temperature to 120°F or lower you not only prevent scalding but can save money heating water as it takes less energy to keep the water warm at a lower temperature.
- If your water heater is more than 15 years old it may be a good idea to consider replacing it with a newer more modern energy efficient model.
- Tankless water heaters only heat the water that you use which can lead to signicant energy savings.
- Get leaky faucets repaired. A dripping faucet can waste more than 20 gallons of water per day.
- Check your toilet for leaks to make sure the toilet doesn’t have a leak. This can be done using a few drops of food coloring in the tank and then checking the bowl after 30 minutes to see if the water has changed color. Make sure you flush our toilet to make sure to avoid staining the color into your tank.
- Having your water heater tank cleaned out can really help the performance and efficiency of your water heater and can also make it last longer by flushing out corrosion causing sediment.
- If the flushing handle on your toilet sticks make sure to get it adjusted, replaced or repaired if needed to avoid wasting water.
- By insulating your pipes you can reduce heat loss from the hot water heater to the plumbing fixture.
- Check outdoor faucet and hoses for leaks to make sure the water flows normally. If it just drips or you find a signs of a leak then it’s possible a frozen pipe has cracked and needs replaced.
- A smart sprinkler controller can reduce water usage by up to 40 gallons per day.